New Virtual PM Challenge: The Value of In-House Projects

How do in-house projects help NASA expand internal capabilities while advancing mission success? Find out at a new Virtual Project Management (PM) Challenge on July 27, 2017. 

In its 2007 report, Building a Better NASA Workforce: Meeting the Workforce Needs for the National Vision for Space Exploration, a subcommittee of the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board addressed something long known within NASA: in-house space flight projects provide NASA engineers with the hands-on experience they need to develop critical expertise in project management and systems engineering.

“By managing some projects in-house rather than contracting out all technical work, the agency essentially creates a training program that achieves more than the project’s immediate task,” said Ramien Pierre, APPEL Curriculum Lead and Virtual PM Challenger moderator. “These projects enable the development of skills that are vital to project management and systems engineering mastery at NASA.”

APPEL invites you to learn more about the value of in-house project management on July 27, 2017, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET when the Academy hosts a new Virtual PM Challenge: SAGE III: Developing Internal Capabilities while Driving Mission Success. During the live event, Mike Cisewski, Project Manager for the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III/International Space Station from 2009-2017, will discuss the benefits of managing the project within Langley Research Center (LaRC) as well as how the SAGE III team successfully developed and launched their project despite a 15-year hiatus in large in-house space flight projects at LaRC.

“I firmly believe that engineers learn by doing, by struggling with the details of making a project work,” said Cisewski. “It is crucial to have meaningful and difficult in-house project work because it keeps our skills sharp and is essential to development of a skilled workforce overall. It’s critical to do this to maintain the overall health and technical chops of the agency.”

To learn more about the Virtual PM Challenge or to attend the event:


Visit the Virtual PM Challenge archives to view past sessions, including No One Grades Their Own Homework: Independent Assessment Under the New Decentralized Model, Considering It All for Project Success: Dissenting Opinions at NASA, and Project Derailed? Get Back on Track with Schedule and Cost.

Read APPEL News interviews with past Virtual PM Challenge presenters: At NASA, Independent Assessment Evolves to Enhance Project Success, The Role of Dissent in Driving Project Success, Mission Impossible: Getting a Project Back on Track, The Inside Scoop: Cost Estimating and Reporting at NASA, and Enhancing Career Potential by Cultivating a System-Level Mentality.

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